And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off. And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him. And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do. And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and built an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD. And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basins; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient. And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words. Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.
Looking at these verses, let us note just a few points of interest. We must take note of the fact that we see a picture of the requirement of consecration concerning the things of God. We are human, imperfect, sinful by nature, and therefore all that we touch is defiled by our own impurity. We can not even serve God ourselves. Jesus told his disciples that without Him they could do nothing. The same is still true of us today. The truth is not changed and all of our righteousnesses are as filthy rags before a thrice Holy God. Any touch of humanity serves only to defile. Our very presence before God would be a defilement but for the consecration by the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.
Note that Moses first consecrated the altar (verse 6). He knew that there had to be a suitable place for the worship of God, for the service of God, and for the instruction of God’s people. Except the place that we worship be sanctified, consecrated by God, then we do waste our time and our energy worshipping in the flesh and worshipping, we know not what. Except the place of our worship be consecrated, then our worship, our service, our study is all in vain, and for self. Only God knows best where to feed His own sheep. We must follow Him and make sure that we are in the place of His choosing.
Next you will notice that Moses consecrated the people (verse 8). There must be consecration of and by God within the hearts of men before they will be able to fitly and acceptably worship the wonderful God of heaven. Still, there was a consecrated place of worship before the people were consecrated. Yet, the people, if not prepared for this place, would still not be able to fitly worship God. Our only approach to God is by the Blood of Jesus Christ. Only a saved person can truly worship, serve, or learn of Him. Those who are not consecrated are filling our churches across our land. Churches are becoming meeting halls for the dead and damned all across our nation. Preachers need to get back to seeking to see people saved, rather than adding numbers to their congregation. Where are we? Let’s consider.
Most preachers today will talk something like this. Do you believe that Jesus is the son of God? Do you believe that He died and rose again? Do you believe that He can save you? Then just ask Him and He will. Then they are shown a verse of scripture and told, well there you have it. God said that whosoever calleth upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. You are a Christian then. Congratulations, we will put your name on the roll and see you Sunday morning.
These days, preachers teach that you can just answer yes to a few question, and read the prayer on the back of a card to get to heaven. Whether they know it or not, that is what is going on all around us. God help us to wake up.
And on the other hand we have those who go to the extreme that they will teach a person that if they have lived a good moral life, been kind to their neighbor, loved their families, been good parents, attended church regularly, read the bible, then they MUST be saved. Oh friend. We need to quit doing God’s work and stay out of the way of spiritual things. We are to carry the message, and let the Holy Spirit reach the heart. Men need to know that no matter how good they live, if the blood has never been applied, they are yet in their sins and damned to an eternity in a literal burning hell. There must be consecration of the heart or all the good that a person can do, all the worship that they can muster, all the praise that they can give, all the bible study they can conduct, is unacceptable to God. They will be among the many in that day that shall say “Lord, Lord,”. They may have done many wonderful works, and cast out devils and prophesied in His name, and yet they will hear the horrible words, “Depart from me.” If there has never been a work of consecration in the heart of the person it will end with, “I never knew you.”
We must be under a covenant relationship with God in order to worship, serve or learn of Him acceptably.
Looking at this covenant I want us to notice some things about it. A wonderful and precious thing it is when we truly look at it as it is. Do you remember when God made covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15? A deep sleep fell upon Abraham and God passed through those pieces of those slain animals alone. God and only God is responsible for this covenant. The keeping of it rests on Him alone. I am reminded of one of my favorite verses of scripture when I read this passage about God’s covenant with Abraham.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
We had absolutely nothing to do with what God did for us. We had no input into the action that God took on our behalf. God Himself came to this earth as a man so that He could die in our place. He gave Himself the sacrifice for our sins and then 2000 years later, He showed me what He had done. Oh, praise His name. He commended His love toward me. That means that whether I accepted it or not He was willing to do it for me. Oh, friend, what a precious truth that is for us to grasp after. What a precious thought that He loved us this much. Praise be to God for His Love wherewith He loved us. God made the promise, all Abraham had to do was accept it. God has done for us what we could not do for ourselves and He has promised us eternity if we will accept His precious gift of Love. He did it all and He will not take it back, and we cannot lose it once we have accepted it.
Before I get ahead of myself, let us notice the order of things in the passage that we are studying.
FIRST: Moses went and made intercession for the people. He appeared before God with sacrifice and in prayer for the people.
Jesus Christ did this very thing for us. It was impossible for us to get to God except one first appear in our behalf. Notice Jesus prayer of intercession on our behalf in John 17.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
And look at another one of my favorite passages of scripture,
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by (grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.
Those of us who are not Jews had no hope of ever being able to approach God. We were without God in the world, without hope. Read that chapter again, “Having no hope!” Then the blessed Saviour made intercession and sacrifice for us and we are now made nigh by the blood of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah. Now look at John 14:1-6. He went to prepare a place for us. He didn’t go just in case, but to prepare a place. And a place is not prepared of God without someone to belong to it. We have a place in heaven and He is coming back to receive us that we may be there with Him forever, Amen!
SECOND: After the work intercession and sacrifice were done, then there was the publishing of the word that it was provided for us freely to accept and be forever His adoring beneficiaries. He told His disciples to go unto all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. The GOSPEL!!! The good news! A lamb was slain, the Innocent for the guilty, PRAISE GOD!!! What a joy to proclaim this precious truth for all the world to hear.
Sweet, sweet rose of Sharon, and hopeful dew of Spring.
The sweetest name ere known to man
Compels my heart to sing.
Oh, let me sing thy praises loud, and sound abroad the call.
God has sent His precious Son
To die for one and all.
Though not in debt to us at all, and with naught of us to gain,
Jesus came from heaven’s throne,
The Lamb of God was slain.
Oh, Jesus, let me speak thy name. Tis sweet to speak of thee.
And thank you for your promise
That you’re coming back for me.
Pastor James H. Knight
And THIRD: We see the gift freely given. Moses consecrated them because they were willing. The gift is freely given to men who, upon receipt of it are consecrated and made able to meet with and commune with God. Look at those next verses. These people met God!
By the same token, upon the accepting of God’s offer of salvation that has been bought and paid for by the sacrifice of His Precious Son, we are granted the wonderful communion of the Precious God who gave Himself for us. And one day we will meet this Glorious God whom we serve, face to face. What a blessed thought, to see God.
Let us notice also, how important this covenant principle is to us. In verse 3 they committed themselves to this new covenant relationship with God. This covenant offered to the of and by God and God alone. We know how Israel has throughout history failed God time and again, been judged of God, repented, been blessed, and failed again. We are familiar with the fact that they did not keep their end of the covenant. But, wait a minute. What was their end of this covenant? They did not have one. The truth is that they are still God’s chosen people and they will yet inhabit the land that God promised to Abraham. It shall be as God promised. Look with me at Malachi 3:6.
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
GOD HAS NOT CHANGED HIS MIND ABOUT HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE. HE SHALL YET SEE HIS PROMISE FULFILLED TO ABRAHAM.
Look now at Romans 11:25-29,
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
The gifts and calling of God are without repentance, and all Israel shall be saved, “as it is written.” Praise God, it shall be as He has promised.
This truth is especially precious to us if we look at Romans 5:6-9.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
And in 1John 4:9-10
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
God never consulted with me whether I wanted Him to pay the price for my sin, I did not have any idea about it at all but He loved me and because He loved me He gave Himself to die for me. Then He sent me word one day about this precious, free, wonderful, beautiful, gift and I accepted it, whereupon I was consecrated by the Blood of Jesus Christ and because of His work finished at Calvary I am saved once for all, for time and eternity. Yahoo!! And now according to Romans 8:1 I will never again be condemned, according to John 3:16 He gave me everlasting life,(which does not end), and according to John 6:37 I will never be cast out from Him again, and in Ephesians 2:6 He already sees me there with Him in heaven. You can’t get any more secure than that. Praise God for this wonderful gift. Hallelujah.
Praise be to God for His covenant for He fails not, nor does He change at all.
Now notice verses 9-18.
They saw, communed with, dined with, and spoke with God.
The same God that
1. walked with Adam
2. met with Abram at Mamre
3. wrestled with Jacob at the Ford Jabokk
4. fought for Joshua at Jericho
Are you in consecrated, covenant relationship with God? Are you saved?